Social validation has always been one of the most important things in our lives but social networking sites have taken that to another level. Today we live in a world where facebook, instagram, wechat or whatsapp has become an integral parts of our lives. It is practically extremely difficult to not be connected to our friends on these social networking websites. But if you think about it, has these websites or applications really brought us together or in fact pushed us apart ?
Social networking websites are designed in such a manner that keeps you addicted to those websites. The more time you spend on these sites, the more exposed you are to the advertisements and that’s exactly how they make money. But I want to discuss a bigger question today. Does having more likes on your picture means more people like you in the real life.
I always ask myself, how many friends I have that will turn up in the middle of the night if I need them?
Funny thing is that these friends are not people I became close on social networking sites but these are the people that I hang out with on a regular basis and those who I share part of my life with (time). Social networking websites have done an incredible job in connecting us to our friend or cousin that lives thousands of miles away but in fact these very websites take away the time that you could spend with people around you.
I am not anti-social media websites in fact I am very active on almost all major websites but I believe important part is to remind ourselves time and again that your facebook friends does not determine how many friends you have in real life and your instagram likes does not determine how many people like you in real life.
I believe the time has come where more awareness about the negatives of these social networking sites should spread and we should save the new generation from missing on the fun we had enjoyed growing up without these distractions.